Black Storytelling 155 Years After Juneteenth

June 15, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Black Storytelling 155 Years After the Original Juneteenth In mid-June 1866, Black people in Texas were officially informed that former President Abraham Lincoln (by then deceased) had signed the Emancipation Proclamation two-and-a-half years earlier. For years after that, our people were forbidden to

Feeling Hopeful About This Summer

June 8, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz Feeling Hopeful About This Summer I want to start this week’s post by extending a warm thank you to all who showed up for last week’s BPM-NOVA workshop. When we began meeting with the NOVA team a few months ago, we were excited

BPM Salutes Lewis Erskine

June 3, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH SPECIAL EDITION By Leslie Fields-Cruz BPM Salutes the Life of Lewis Erskine Lewis Erskine (1957-2021)   “[Lewis] was a master storyteller who edited with his whole heart.”   — Denise Greene, director of programs, Black Public Media     Black Public Media has learned that beloved editor

How’re You Celebrating Pride Month?

June 1, 2021 BLACK PUBLIC MEDIA WEEKLY DISPATCH   By Leslie Fields-Cruz There’s a Lot to Celebrate this Pride Month Last year this time, my team and I were struggling to re-engineer a summit we’d long planned to be an in-person affair into something that could be presented and attended virtually. Like BPM,  NYC Pride, which for